How to beat jet lag

Jet lag can be a real drag. Here’s how to beat it.

All too often holidays are marred by the dreaded presence of jet lag. This happens when you cross different time zones and your body’s natural 24-hour clock is disrupted. While there is no exact cure for jet lag, there are plenty of ways you can prevent it from ruining your holiday.

Before you leave

Plan a stop over
If it’s at all possible, a brief stop over on your way to your final destination will allow your body to adjust to the new time zone. This way jet lag won’t be such a shock to the system.

Change your routine
About a week before you leave, start adjusting your sleeping routine in preparation for the different time zone. If you are travelling east, start going to bed a little earlier. If you are going west, start going to bed a little later.

During the flight

Adjust during the flight
During the flight, try to time your activities, such as eating and sleeping, according to the local time of your destination. This will help your body clock adjust to the new time zone.

Drink plenty of water
Dehydration makes the symptoms of jet lag much worse. During the flight, drink plenty of water and avoid coffee and alcohol. Stay hydrated once you arrive at your destination by continuing to drink plenty of water.

When you arrive

Spend the day outside
Exposure to sunlight will help your body adjust to the new time zone much faster. When you first arrive at your destination, try to spend at least an hour or two in direct sunlight.

Get your anchor sleep
When you arrive it’s important to try and get at least four hours sleep during the local nighttime. This “Anchor Sleep” trains your body to operate on the proper 24-hour rhythm.

By following these simple steps you can easily avoid suffering jet lag on your next trip overseas.